Monday, October 27, 2008

Give thanks

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you
1 Thessalonians 5:18

That is a very clear statement "In everything give thanks". One of our Christian holidays is right around the corner, the one we call Thanksgiving.

We get together with our families and make warm memories, we fix tremendous meals to enjoy and share. Most people get two days off work to accommodate their travel needs as families meet often the only time in a year. It's a wonderful holiday for all of us.

It's origin is here in the United States and it's purpose was a day set aside to say thank You for the bountiful harvest and ask for the blessing on the next harvest. To say thank you to the neighbors who pulled together, thank you to the Native Americans who taught them and showed them how to survive and grow in this new land. And to say thank you to the Lord God Almighty for this new land, for freedom and for the specific blessings that were handed them.

We need to think of our specific blessings and say thank You Lord for each and every one. This day should be a day for thanks and prayer.

My sister J has a blog and one of her posts a short time back was about making a thousand gift list. Someone passed the idea to her and she passed it on to her readers. I joined in, it's a great idea to keep listing each day all the gifts from God you have to be thankful for. You may not make it to a thousand by Thanksgiving Day but why not start now and make the list as complete as you can by then.

I'm thinking it will be a great way to spend that holiday, remembering to "in everything give thanks".

1 comment:

  1. Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. More than Christmas even. I love the smells, the sounds, the tastes, the fun, the work, the clean-up, the memories.

    Thank you, Lord, for a day designed to make us remember to be thankful to You.



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